Around 50 of London’s Trafalgar Square traffic lights recently received a Gay Pride makeover with same-sex couples replacing the standard green walk signal.
The city replaced the familiar green walking symbol with either green LGBT symbols or a design featuring a same-sex couple holding hands.
Transport for London installed the signals on June 19.
The idea follows on from a similar installation in Vienna last year. The London lights will include a widely-recognised transgender symbol.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was very proud of his city’s LGBTI community. He said London enjoyed a wide diversity of citizens.
“One of the greatest things about this city is our differences and every Londoner should be proud of who they are.”
The mayor also offered his thoughts and prayers to the families of victims of last week’s Orlando shooting.
Mayor Khan said the installation of the Trafalgar Square traffic lights also showed the world that London stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBT people.
“These new signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city.”
Alison Camps, Director at Pride in London, said the “small symbol is a big gesture” from Mayor Khan. She said the support shown by London ‘delighted’ Pride in London.
“It’s fantastic that London is a city so keen to celebrate Pride that even traffic lights can be used.”
— Stuart Turner (@_StuartTurner) June 20, 2016
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